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The Gates

The Gates/Портите

16+ guests
7 bedrooms
13 beds
3 baths
16+ guests
7 bedrooms
13 beds
3 baths
Great check-in experience100% of recent guests gave this home’s check-in process a 5-star rating.

Enjoy a truly unique getaway in the heart of the Rodopa Mountains. The Gates are nestled in the old village of Dolen, southwest Bulgaria. The village is an architectural and historic reserve with more than 400 years of history.


Wireless Internet
Free parking on premises

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed, 1 single bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Bedroom 3
1 double bed, 1 single bed
Bedroom 4
2 single beds
Bedroom 5
2 single beds
Bedroom 6
1 double bed
Bedroom 7
2 double beds
Common spaces
2 hammocks

House Rules

No smoking


17 Reviews

Robert User Profile
April 2017
The gates was a wonderful experience and a highlight of our trip. The historical house is beautifully restored and feels like an artist retreat. The host, Mihail, was incredibly friendly and made us feel right at home in the picturesque village of Dolen. Would highly recommend t…
William User Profile
July 2016
Wow, what an experience. We loved our stay in so many ways; beautiful village, perfect accommodation, stunning countryside, and such a welcoming family. We originally planned to go to Bulgaria just for hiking in the Pirin and Rila mountains but when we saw this listing we wer…
Kosta User Profile
September 2018
This is simply the best Airbnb place I ever visited. Its an incredible space full of amazing people in the middle of a magical village. Go there and see for yourselves!
Binyamin User Profile
July 2018
We were stuck without a place to sleep, and Michael saved us. Dolan is an old village. It is recommended that those searching for authentic Bulgarian experience, be less recommended for those looking for advancement. The apartments are large and spacious, and there are a various …
Fiona User Profile
October 2017
The Gates, very much like Dolen, is charming in its simplicity. The house has been maintained in its original aesthetic with enchanting views of the surrounding hills, a beautiful garden and warm neighbours. Misho is super attentive and you feel welcome in his home as a friend, n…
Iben User Profile
July 2017
The Gates rocks! We can give this place our warmest recommendations. Dolen is an absolutely wonderful and peaceful mountain village and the owner of The Gates, Mihail is simply the perfect host. We enjoyed a week in this fantastic place with wonderful hikes and small excursions. …
Marco User Profile
July 2017
The house is very comfortable, cosy, every room decorated with exquisite taste. The host and the family are amazing​: the family bar has great quality coffee and herbal teas, home made Rakia and cold beers.... In the heart of Rodopi mountain, full of tradition and nature it s wit…

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Dolen, BulgariaJoined in August 2015
The Gates User Profile
18 Reviews
Nevena (Nir Vena) and Mihail (Misho) are one of the very first couples to buy and renovate an old house in the village of Dolen. They discovered the village in the summer of 1994 during a mountain hike. Nir Vena and Misho fall in love with Dolen and purchased an old house of thei…
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